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RATINGS: 1121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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This Special Ale is, in reality, a reconstructed exhumation of the very first ale that we ever brewed way, way back, in 1993. Brewed with a big head, a muscular malty thorax, a silky texture & all strung together with a hoppy sweet nerve sack... yum.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtd6628 (357) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Good beer. Aroma is medium with mostly sweet malts. The look is more amber then red the tase is good. Malty caramel with hops.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zekada (357) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma is stray with some hops. Pours amber with a medium white head. Taste is heavy hops and fruit. Palate is fittingly stray and sticky. Overall a really pleasant beer which reminds much of a DIPA.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
beer pours a lightly chill-hazed reddish amber with a pretty good white head that retains well and leaves good lace. nose is a pretty big combo of grapefruit/citrus American hops, and sweet, sticky caramel malts. maybe a wayward ester or 2 underneath. flavor is where it starts to get messy - the big, big citrus hops don’t play well with the sweet/sticky caramel malt flavors. the beer gets heavier (syrupy) as you drink it. just a lot of big flavors, inharmoniously delivered.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle at Redlight. WOW. Really nice hoppy and floral aromas. Smelled very evergreen. Really liked the citrusy taste. Very light body. Very sweet with malt very present. Really liked this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBear11D (349) - Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2015
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Lagunitas Imperial Red pours an amber copper with a thick creamy beige head that lasts a good minute. The aroma is caramel, floral, biscuits and some pine. The flavor is fresh biscuits and caramel on the front end with floral and pine hanging on into the aftertaste. Overall this is a solid beer!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chickenflea (349) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Appearance: Pours a marvelously clear copper body with a white, diminishing head. The lacing was thick but uneven. Smell: Caramel malts in the nose with a nice bit of toastiness and grain. A bit like sweet feed. The hops are piney with fruity undertones. Taste: Light bready caramel malts joined by crisp, hoppy flavors of pine resins and grapefruit. Herbaceous hops round out the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy bodied, with a pleasingly smooth mouthfeel. Average carbonation. Drinkability: Though the hops can be a little cutting at times its a rather likeable red ale, and quite quaffable. Perhaps now my favorite red because of the assertive hops.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAsavedMYlife (345) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2012
Really nice reddish golden hue that’s clear. Nice creamy off white head. Wonderful earthy, spicy hop characteristic on the nose. Nice California chewyness to the mouthfeel. Mildly astringent. Taste has a lot of spicyness to it making it lively and drinkable. Nice amount of carbonation. Not too sweet on the malt flavor like some I have had. Wonderful bold beer I wish I could make sessionable. Enjoyability 4.5/5.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Bottle, split with NachlamSie. Pours a hazy, yet ruby red color with a medium beige head. Leaves a lot of sticky lacing when swirled. Aroma is a wonderful hop bouquet, lots of citrus fruits, common for a California hop bomb. Flavor is a bit more restrained, the more lemony notes come through, along with some caramel. Finishes bitter, but still more restrained than most hop bombs. Probably a good introductory beer into massively hopped beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2007
12oz bottle. red brown color with amber hues and an off white head that quickly disperses. big california hop aroma. loads of citrusy hops and a touch of caramel. pineapple, mango, potpourri, and floral hops. like a red ale calirfornia style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pforei (338) - USA - OCT 2, 2007
Clear dark amber with good rich head. Grapefruit, pine, and caramel. Hops dominate. Alcohol makes its presence right before the strong bitter finish. Medium to full body.


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